Ramphele complains: Official ‘could have just put the cross where she wanted’

2014-05-07 19:16

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Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has lodged a complaint with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) after she witnessed irregularities and “chaos” at a voting station at Bongolethu Primary School in Philippi, Cape Town.

During a visit today to Bekkersdal, Gauteng, Ramphele said she was shocked by what she had seen.

“We found throngs of people who had been standing in the queue for hours because the voting station had not opened at 11am. When we went inside, we found the presiding officer tearing ballot papers, folding them and stamping,” she said.

“This was very shocking because officials are not supposed to tear ballot papers before a voter has been scanned and waiting to cast his vote. We still don’t know whether those ballot papers were clean because honestly she could have just put the cross where she wanted and shoved them into the ballot boxes,” Ramphele said.

Ramphele said she immediately contacted an Agang SA party agent at the IEC nerve centre in Pretoria, asking her to lodge a formal complaint.

She also accused ANC members of campaigning outside the voting station by chanting struggle songs.

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